“THE FUTURE OF METAL IN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY”

As the automotive market looks for innovative ways to meet future Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements, which will nearly double the average light vehicle fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2025, the North American steel industry continues to invest in advanced materials and manufacturing technologies that have led to the introduction of a wide variety of new automotive steels. The steel industry is meeting this need through the development of new advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) grades, whose unique metallurgical properties and manufacturability enable the automotive industry to affordably meet increasingly stringent requirements.

Studies show that AHSS steel grades are growing faster in new automotive applications than aluminum and plastic—steel’s main competitors. Each year, new car models are introduced using lighter-weight, higher-strength steel components that provide a cost-effective answer to the demand for increased safety and fuel economy.

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“We have been able to develop advanced high-strength steels, which are the most sophisticated steels available today for automotive applications.” – John P. Surma, chairman and chief executive officer, United States Steel Corporation and director, AISI Board of Directors”.

Recent projects, such as “FutureSteelVehicle”, a WorldAutoSteel study released in May 2011, which introduced more than 20 AHSS grades, show that the latest steel grades, combined with innovative processing methods and design optimization techniques, enable steel to achieve a 39 percent mass reduction in many applications, virtually equivalent to mass reduction levels achieved by aluminum. There are several other examples of AHSS technologies, including the front lower control arm that is the same weight as the aluminum version at one-third less cost.

Mass reduction with AHSS not only conserves material but helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the full lifecycle of the vehicle, including manufacturing, driving and recycling. Life cycle assessment data shows that steel, which makes up nearly 60 percent of the average North American vehicle, generates fewer manufacturing emissions than other automotive body materials. Vehicles using high-strength steels provide a significant reduction in driving emissions, as well as total lifecycle emissions.

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If currently available AHSS were applied throughout the present U.S. automotive fleet, greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles would be reduced by approximately 12 percent—an amount greater than the emissions generated by the entire American steel industry today. This reduction in emissions is already underway as automotive designers around the world use increasing amounts of AHSS in their vehicles.

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Source: http://www.steel.org/the-new-steel/automotive.aspx

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BRITAIN’S STEEL INDUSTRY: WHAT’S GOING WRONG?

Over the past few months, one part of the UK economy – the steel industry – has been grabbing the news headlines, but for all the wrong reasons.

Tata Steel’s announcement of another 1,050 job losses at the firm is just the latest blow to the industry.

The cuts come on top of the 1,200 jobs axed at the Indian-owned giant just last October, and the 720 jobs it cut in July and is part of an industry-wide cull.

In October, Thailand’s SSI announced it was closing down its Redcar works with the loss of 2,200 jobs, then parts of Caparo Industries’ steel operations went into administration putting 1,700 jobs potentially at risk.

The steel industry says it has been hit by a combination of factors: the strength of the pound, relatively high electricity prices, the extra cost of climate change policies, and competition from China – there have been allegations that Chinese steel is being sold in the UK at unrealistically low prices.

So what’s the truth of it all – just why are significant parts of Britain’s steel industry in such trouble?

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What’s behind the current crisis?

Demand for steel worldwide has not returned to pre-financial crash levels. With economies – particularly China’s – still seeing weak growth, global demand for steel is set to remain sluggish, falling by 1.7% in 2015 and rising by 0.7% in 2016.

A strengthening pound has been one of the factors making UK steel expensive on the international markets.

In summer 2015, sterling reached a seven-year high against a basket of currencies, after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney signalled the first rise in interest rates since the crash could sooner than expected.

At the same time, global steel prices have fallen sharply. Meanwhile, China’s own economic slowdown has led Chinese producers to seek export markets as their home demand has stalled.

As a result, UK imports of Chinese steel have increased dramatically. In 2014 the UK imported 687,000 tonnes of steel from China compared to 303,000 tonnes the year before.

It is true that the UK’s steel imports from the rest of the EU are much higher – 4.7 million tonnes in 2014, but crucially China is selling its steel at much lower prices.

According to Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, EU steel imports into the UK cost on average 897 euros a tonne in 2014, while Chinese steel imports were just 583 euros a tonne – leading to accusations that it is selling at unfairly low prices.

High energy costs for energy-intensive businesses like steel production are also a factor, says the industry, added to by the extra cost of climate change policies. UK Steel, the industry body, says government policies to compensate steel companies for these extra costs have been coming in too slowly.

There are also strict EU rules that restrict how much support governments can give to particular industries.

How many jobs are at risk?

Almost 20,000 people are employed in the steel sector, and more than one in six are now either losing their jobs or at risk of losing them.

Britain’s biggest steel producer, the Indian firm Tata, which employs around 17,000 in the UK, has just announced another 1,050 job losses in steel operations.

The cuts come on top of the 1,200 jobs it already axed last October and the 720 jobs it cut in July.

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Also in October, the country’s second-largest steel producer, Thai firm SSI, said its Redcar works on Teesside, would go into liquidation with the loss of 2,200 jobs.

At the same time, Caparo Industries went into partial administration, putting 1,700 jobs at potential risk.

Is it really all China’s fault?

The industry blames cheap Chinese imports for a collapse in steel prices.

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chinese steel producers are accused of “dumping” exports in the EU.

It is certainly true that China’s dramatic economic growth since liberalisation started in 1979 has been one of the key drivers in the global steel market.

It is now the world’s biggest steel producer, accounting for around 822 million tonnes a year. The UK, which produces just 12 million tonnes a year, is a minor player in terms of absolute output, but has sought to specialise in high-quality, high-value steel products.

With China’s market slowing, their producers have been looking for export markets, such as the EU.

This has led to accusations of unfair competition, that Chinese producers are “dumping” steel products on overseas markets – that is not just selling them cheaply, taking advantage of their lower production costs, but actually selling them at a loss.

In 2015, the EU imposed anti-dumping duties for six months on some steel imports from China and Taiwan. The EU and China have already clashed over the alleged dumping of products ranging from wine to solar panels to steel pipes.

UK steelmakers have also blamed high energy costs, green taxes and the strong pound for their difficulties, saying that compared to foreign competitors the cost of making steel in the UK is too high.

How important is steel for the UK?

Steel itself is vital for just about everything we use. Whether it is buildings, clothes, chemical, cars, lamps or drinks cans – all depend on it at some point.

As we’ve seen, almost 20,000 people are directly employed in the steel industry. Given the total UK workforce is 30 million, that’s just one in 1,500 jobs. But crucially steel is not a labour-intensive industry – automation and computerisation has seen to that – so raw numbers are not the whole story.

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Almost 20,000 are directly employed in the industry, but thousands more depend on it for work

Many argue that this is not just a crisis for the steel sector, but one affecting UK manufacturing in general, which accounts for roughly 10% of UK economic output.

This is because beside the job losses already announced, there will be an impact in other allied sectors – on steel processors, distributors, scrap metal dealers, metal traders and other metal product manufacturers.

What can the government do?

The industry is clear what it needs: lower business rates, a relaxation of carbon emissions targets for heavy manufacturers, more compensation for high energy prices, and a commitment that British steel is used in major construction projects.

The government held a steel summit in Rotherham in October to discuss what could be done.

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government is under pressure to do more to support the sector

It says it has already taken “clear action” to help the industry, “through cutting energy costs, taking action on imports, government procurement and EU emissions regulations, meeting key steel industry asks.”

But industry trade body UK Steel, says it still needs to do more.

“The work it’s doing to help us is good but we need much further action taking place to tackle the imports, the flood of Chinese steel into the UK and the European economy.

“We need to see government and the European Commission tackling that head on and quickly,” Gareth Stace, director of UK Steel, told the BBC.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34581945 (Tim Bowler).

Steel can be used for lots of products in different kind of fields, like in construction, steel string in music, thermal cooker for innovation, and even for jewelry and clothes. Shanghai Metal Corporation which is based in China is one of the leading businesses in the manufacturing of metalworking industry. We can produce and export the best quality of steel and other metal products and service. We prioritize the efficient of manufacturing and environmental sustainability.

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TAKE A LOOK AT THE COPPER ART MUSEUM!

The Copper Art Museum is located in Clarkdale, Arizona. The town was built and founded in 1912 by Senator W. A. Clark “America’s Copper King” for the mass-production of industrial copper from 1915 to 1953, which was exported throughout the world. The museum’s collection is the “largest return of copper,” “back” to both Clarkdale and the “Copper State” and showcases what man created with the red-metal while it was away.

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The Arizona Copper Art Museum features exhibits of copper art and collections for study, which were made by coppersmiths, soldier artists and braziers; many of whom were masters in their trade. Artifacts displayed have an emphasis on American and European works-of-art from the 16th – 21st century. The affinities and history of copper is also featured and is very fascinating, bringing forth forgotten stories, legends and mysteries.

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The Arizona Copper Art Museum features what man created with the metal copper.  The museum in divided up into 7 major categories:

  • Information Room
  • Military Art Room
  • Art & Architecture Room
  • Religious Art Room
  • Kitchenware Collection
  • Drinkware Collection
  • Distillery & Winery

 

So, will be interesting to know about the background history of all these beautiful pieces, right?

Copper can be used for lots of products, even for furniture and roof coverings. Copper as a part of metal products can appreciate art too. Shanghai Metal Corporation which is based in China is one of the leading businesses in the manufacturing of metalworking industry. We can produce and export the best quality of copper and any other metal products and service. We prioritize the efficient of manufacturing and environmental sustainability.

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THE PARADISIAC HIGHWAY FOR METAL SCULPTURES LOVERS

The Enchanted Highway, thirty miles south of the nearest major highway, the town of Regent was dying, and Gary Greff decided someone had to do something about it.

A metal sculptor and retired school teacher, Gary started the work in 1990. His master plan was to create ten giant sculptures, one every few miles along Regency-Gladstone Road, paired with picnic areas and playground equipment. All the sculptures face north, toward the oncoming traffic from the interstate. Seven have been completed.

But there’s one sculpture that came over all the other ones, we are talking of “Geese in Flight”. This sculpture was finished in 2001, next to the Gladstone exit, and it is claimed to be the World’s Largest Outdoor Sculpture. It stands 110 ft (33.5m) tall, is 154 ft (46.9m) wide and weighs 157,659 lb (71,512.91 kg).

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Other big sculptures that we can find is “The GrassHopper” who have the Record Guinness for being the largest grasshopper on the earth. Also have “Tin Family”,”Deer Crossing” and “A Covey of Pheasants” where the rooster is 60 feet long, the hen 50 feet and three 12-foot high chicks complete the scene.

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The Enchanted Highway project has continued to grow, with the addition of a giant spider web crawling with metal arachnids, and a simulated pond with fish.

It is interesting how a scrap or trashy metal products can be beautiful artworks, right? Shanghai Metal Corporation as one of the representatives of the metal industry can help you actualize the beauty of stainless metal art!

As a representative of the metal industry, Shanghai Metal Corporation is one of the leading businesses in the manufacturing of metal products in the global field. We can produce aluminum, stainless steel, copper, shipping containers and other metal products and service. We prioritize the efficient of manufacturing and environmental sustainability.

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TERRAFORM, THE NEW WAY TO REFLECT FASHION

What’s terraform? What’s the relationship with fashion? One of famous fashion designer applied this concept into fashion, isn’t it interesting? Check this out!

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Iris van Herpen, a Dutch fashion designer inspired by ‘Total Recall’ movie that explained about terraforming on Mars made her fall collection this year. Terraforming means hypothetical process that modifies the biosphere (atmospheric, temperature, surface topography or ecology) of other planet to be similar to Earth, so it can be inhabited by human.

Through her collections, van Herpen actualized terraform concept, which are abstract and not understandable into reality. “The whole concept of terraforming started in science fiction, but it has become a reality,” said van Herpen after the show.

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“Hacking Infinity” was what Iris van Herpen called her show, is a fall ready to wear 2015 collections for woman. Her fashion show was held in Paris on March 10th 2015 at the Palais de Tokyo. This collection used a combination between stainless steel in the warp and silk in the weft, producing fine, fluid dress silk.

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The process to transformed stainless steel and silk into a beautiful fluid dress silk is interesting. Iris van Herpen said she created this collection only by fire and there is no painting at all. “We created a really thin metal reef from stainless steel, and we literally melt it with fire, burning it, and we decide the amount of heat. This is all hand burnt, so each color that you see is done by fire.”

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Iris van Herpen and team used 3D Systems concept for this “Hacking Infinity” collections. This collection is a combination between traditional handwork techniques with modern day digital technology, such as 3D printing and laser cutting. She collaborated with the Canadian professor of architecture Phillip Beesley to actualize this 3D collection and Aleksandra Gaca for fabrics and materials. For the shoes, she also collaborated with Japanese shoe designer, Noritaka Tatehana to create 3D-printed translucent crystal clusters and laser-cut leather.

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Iris van Herpen succeeds to actualize what is called Science fashion. She used stainless steel, one of the metal products as material for her collection and then combined it with silk and 3D printing method to actualize her brilliant idea of terraforming concept. She sees technology from a very different perspective and used it as a creative tool.

So, you’ve known that stainless steel can be part of fashion too, right?

Same as previous articles before, steel can be used for lots of products in different kind of fields, like steel string in music, thermal cooker for innovation, and for a beautiful dress like in this article. Shanghai Metal Corporation which is based in China is one of the leading businesses in the manufacturing of metalworking industry. We can produce and export the best quality of steel and other metal products and service. We prioritize the efficient of manufacturing and environmental sustainability.

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SM(ART) RECYCLING : JAPANESE ARTIST TRANSFORMS ALUMINUM BEER CANS TO POP ART

How would you react if you knew someone who drinks beer, takes the aluminum cans then transforms it into art ?

Well this japanese artist, MACAON is the kind of person who does this kind of thing. From basic and used aluminum materials he imitates well known characters like Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, Gundam robots, Pikachu and even a cool mask of Dark Vader !

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The fun thing about this artist is that most of his works are imitations of already famous characters which allows a wider understanding and appreciation from the public’s point of view. Although each of this figure doesn’t represent a deep meaning, the message that Macaon transmits, directly or indirectly, is to wake up the collective consciousness of recycling ; as the world consumes more, it is in our best interest to stop wasting basic materials and start thinking new strategies as to reusing them better. We live in world where beer cans can be transformed into your favorite cartoon, movie or animated character.

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Totoro figure by Macaon

As you can see, aluminum beer cans here are reused in a sophistic way and are not wasted. Without basic and flexible material like aluminum, consuming society like ours would have difficulties to satisfy our needs. Simple gestures like recycling aluminum cans can lead to a better future and that is what Macaon’s creativeness can influence to later generations.

It’s amazing how a common material like aluminum can have different types of uses. That is exactly what Shanghai Metal Corporation can provide you !

As representatives of the metal industry, Shanghai Metal Corporation is one of the leading businesses in the manufacturing of metal quality products in the global field. As a major producer of aluminum, stainless steel, copper, shipping containers and other metal products and service, we essentially are committed to the universal use that metal can offer by delivering overseas and promoting environmental sustainability.

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RIDE WITH STYLE WITH RETRO BICYCLES !

DITCH THE CAR AND TAKE A BICYCLE WITH YOU INSTEAD !

Bicycles are a BIG MUST if you live in a big city. Why ? Well first of all, riding a bicycle allows you to have a physical exercise while doing your normal routine ; going to work, run some errands, visit friends, etc. WHICH is good for your health and body !

Second reason is that bicycles reduce pollution. Preserving our planet is one of our top priorities ! So again, invest on buying good bicycle then on other vehicles like bikes or cars. Plus nowadays, there are a lots of types of bicycle that would suit your own needs and your own aesthetics.

For those who are striving for sexy retro bicycles, check out our list :

  • TOKYO BIKE: 

Approximate price : 400$

  • BRILLIANT BICYCLE CO.

    Tangerine

    Approximate price : 399$ 

  • LEKKER SPORTIEF.

Approximate price: 598$

  • SIDDHARTE.

Siddhartha Urban Single-Speed Coaster Bike

Approximate price: 299$

  • ERENPREISS ORIGINAL.

Approximate price: 800$

  • BIANCHI PISTA.

Approximate price: 1000$

The thing about retro bikes is that they fascinate many people with their stylish and classical style. Some of these bicycles brands know how to capture your nostalgia self reminiscing the old days or the present itself. Retro bikes are timeless and that is what gives them their eternal charm. Once you have one of these bikes, you don’t need to pretend to be someone else because these bikes alone give you automatically an original and fresh look of your whole being.

Bicycles are made of special elements like metal. It’s amazing how a common material like metal can contribute to create wonders like these ! That is what Shanghai Metal Corporation can provide you !

As representatives of the metal industry, Shanghai Metal Corporation is one of the leading businesses in the manufacturing of metal quality products in the global field. As a major producer of stainless steel, copper, aluminium, shipping containers and other metal products and service, we essentially are committed to the universal use that metal can offer by delivering overseas and promoting environmental sustainability.

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